OnChange: Please, re-authenticate

Like most organisations, my one has implemented tighter security practices with regards passwords in recent years to ensure its users aren’t:

  • using poor passwords (e.g. 12345)
  • are changing their passwords with regularity
  • passwords are moderately secure (e.g. mix of alpha, numeric and symbols)

Last year LastPass was mandated across the organisation, with the license allowing us to also install at home to encourage use and continued good practice. I had already been using LastPass at this stage for around 4 years thanks to a Professor in Cyber Security I’d worked with, plus at home was using 1Password. Alongside this we also rolled out two-factor authentication, this has been both a positive and a negative change.

Two-factor authentication

With the introduction of two-factor authentication at work our periodic need to change passwords also necessitates re-authenticating a number of services at the same time, including, but not limited to, Microsoft Teams. We all start to dread the change when it rolls around as it can often be multiple 2FA SMS messages being send and requiring entry before you’re set to go.

With my developing PowerApps applications for consumption within my business unit this has brought with it added issues. As these apps have been developed under a personal account and not a service account, each time my password is changed I am forced to go through all my connections and ensure each is still ‘connected’ and hasn’t broken. Finally, today we were told we could apply for a Service Account with P1 Level Access, which should finally see the team I work within overcome these issues; I’m excited by this news πŸ™ŒπŸ»

The support desk app I have been developing the past few weeks is now almost complete, just undergoing final spit-and-polishing and developing flows to handle notifications on changes and daily log of active jobs. I’m looking forward to wrapping it up, if only I drank, could do with a stiff drink πŸ˜‚

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